Do you procrastinate more than usual before you respond to emails from one particular friend? Is someone consistently very slow to respond to you? A new study suggests that email response time may be one measure of a friendship. Read my latest article on Life Goes Strong.
I came across an interesting idea on a publishing website called Galley Cat. Author Mary Robinette Kowal is launching The Month of Letters Challenge in February, inviting writers around the world to try to post a letter a day. Specifically, she’s asking participants to mail one item each day during the month. It could [...]
I loved this essay written by my friend Sheryl and asked permission to repost it here. It deals with e-mail fatigue, a common ailment. Enjoy! By Sheryl Kraft I don’t want to sound old or cranky or anything, but lately my enthusiasm for computer technology — especially e-mail — has been waning. As [...]
Ivan Cash, a young avant-garde artist from San Francisco, began Snail Mail My Email in mid-July, a one-month interactive art project calling attention to the special magic letter writing holds for both the sender and recipient. "Snail mail fascinates me," Cash told the Wall Street Journal when asked why he took on this massive [...]
QUESTION Dear Irene, I have read and been told by female friends that when a man is friends with a woman and all of a sudden wants to take it to a romantic level, the woman will "freak out" and get turned off. She’ll feel betrayed, thinking that the man’s intentions all along were to [...]
LONGER THAN USUAL QUESTION Hi Irene! I’m so glad I stumbled onto your website! I am going through a situation and desperately need advice! I have a very close cousin, Coralee, who I’ve basically grown up with like a sister and we’ve been friends most of my life. I am 28, and she is 37. [...]
QUESTION: Hi Irene, I have a much older friend than myself. She is old enough to be my Mum and I do think of her as a second Mum. We’ve been through a lot together, and she has fulfilled the gap of being my Mum. I have a family and husband myself but have not [...]
QUESTION: Dear Irene: I met my friend “Amanda” in high school. I was a junior and she was a freshman, so we’ve been best friends (BFFs) for 9 years. Our friendship over the years has survived a lot. The trouble I am having is deciding whether I should hold on to the friendship or not? [...]